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Medical aid board says SA has to back NHI

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2016-08-01

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MODERN MEDICINE The industry body says the dwindling number of medical aid members means the government must act. South Africa's healthcare system is not merely unviable or unsustainable, "it is at the brink of collapse" if the government does not intervene, says the Board of Healthcare Funders, which represents most medical aid schemes in the country. "People are paying contributions to their medical schemes that are higher than inflation," Humphrey Zokufa, who heads the board, said recently. He said that people have to pay co-payments and their benefits run out. In addition, the pool of insured people is not increasing and those who are insured are ageing. "In a situation like this, government has no option but to intervene, and that intervention is taking the form of Medical Aid Board Says SA Has to Back NHI the National Health Insurance [NHI]," reports the Mail & Guardian. The NHI is a plan for significant reforms to the public and private health sectors and aims to make affordable healthcare available to all South Africans by pooling money from various sources, such as the Road Accident Fund, into a single NHI fund. But the NHI has been severely criticised from various sectors, including the Free Market Foundation, which called it "unaffordable and ill conceived", and an "impending disaster". Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi dismissed these claims as mere "scare tactics" designed to make people fearful. "History has shown that pooling money into a single fund does not increase expenses for individuals; it reduces them," he said at the media briefing.
Created at 2016/09/07 11:16 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2016/09/07 11:16 AM by Mediclinic